Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

Hong Kong activists' Diaoyus protest sunk by 'picky' safety inspection

Diaoyu activist Lo Chau aboard the Kai Fung No 2 on Thursday. Photo:  Dickson Lee

Hong Kong activists on Thursday called off their sea journey to the disputed Diaoyu Islands after their vessel failed what they claimed was an “awfully picky safety inspection” by marine authorities.

Friday, 9 August, 2013, 3:23am 4 comments

PLA-backed video game lets players seize Diaoyus

People's Liberation Army in training. Photo: Xinhua

Glorious Mission Online, China's answer to Call of Duty, marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.

5 Aug 2013 - 4:20am 2 comments

China coastguard enters disputed waters near Diaoyu Islands

Chinese ships approach disputed islets off southern Japan in July. Photo: EPA

Four Chinese coastguard ships on Friday entered territorial waters near Tokyo-controlled islands at the centre of a bitter sovereignty row, Japan’s coastguard said.

The vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of waters at around 9.30am local time, the agency said, the latest in a series of incursions by Chinese government ships in recent months.

2 Aug 2013 - 3:47pm

Japanese envoy Akitaka Saiki in Beijing to discuss summit

Zhang Yesui

Saiki's two day-trip is the latest effort by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to improve Sino-Japanese relations that have been soured by a bitter territorial row over the Diaoyu Islands, known as Senkakus in Japan, in the East China Sea.

30 Jul 2013 - 4:13am

China military urges vigilance over Japan's defence plan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA

Japan’s proposal - its latest step away from the constraints of its pacifist constitution - is part of a review of defence policy by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which released an interim report on the issue on Friday. Final review conclusions are due by the end of the year.

28 Jul 2013 - 4:12am 3 comments

China's new coastguard flexes muscles near Diaoyu Islands

A China Coast Guard vessel sailing some 73 kilometres away from the islands named Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China in the East China Sea. Photo: EPA

The State Oceanic Administration that oversees the service said four of its ships "sternly declared" China's sovereignty over the islands - called the Senkakus by Japan and the Diaoyus by China - and demanded they leave the area.

27 Jul 2013 - 3:58am 2 comments

Marines, drones proposed for Japanese military

A Japanese landing craft during an exercise.Photo: AFP

Japan should acquire amphibious units like the US Marines and surveillance drones, a government paper is expected to say, as a territorial dispute with China rumbles on. The interim report, to be issued as early as today by the Defence Ministry, will also promote "the need to boost a comprehensive capability of containment" as part of anti-ballistic missile measures against North Korea, reports said.

26 Jul 2013 - 2:01am 1 comment

Shinzo Abe must resist rightwards drift

Shinzo Abe in press conference after his party, LDP's decisive win in upper house election. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan has its strongest government for years after the decisive win by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition in Sunday's elections for the upper house of parliament. Now that the coalition controls both legislative chambers, the bottleneck preventing reform has been unblocked.

25 Jul 2013 - 1:39am

Coastguard vessels make first foray to Diaoyus

A Chinese Coast Guard ship cruising near the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China. Photo: AFP / Japan Coast Guard

Chinese coastguard ships were spotted yesterday for the first time near the disputed Diaoyu Islands after a reorganisation of the service to boost Beijing's ability to enforce its maritime claims.

25 Jul 2013 - 4:40am 2 comments

Artwork for toy Japanese warship not an ideal model of diplomacy

The box containing the model helicopter carrier Hyuga in all its graphic glory.Photo: SCMP Pictures

A scale model of a Japanese warship has become a sold-out success, apparently thanks to controversy over box artwork that appears to show it steaming past a sinking Chinese aircraft carrier.

24 Jul 2013 - 1:53am

Chinese online game lets players 'reclaim and defend the Diaoyu Islands'

A soldier in Glorious Mission Online. Photo: Screenshot via plagame.cn

Ownership of the Diaoyu Islands may be a topic generating heated dispute between China and Japan, but Chinese gamers will soon be able to settle the score for themselves and ‘reclaim’ the territory – at least in the virtual sense.

24 Jul 2013 - 6:11pm 2 comments

Chinese media accuse Japan PM Shinzo Abe of 'dangerous politics'

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) smiles as he meets officers of Japan Coast Guard at his inspection tour on patrol ship Ishigaki in Ishigaki, southern Japan, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Two of China’s top newspapers accused Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday of dangerous politics that could threaten regional security, as Tokyo warned Beijing not to expand gas exploration in disputed waters of the East China Sea.

19 Jul 2013 - 3:13am 3 comments

Shinzo Abe slams Beijing 'provocations' on islands tour

Abe renews his claims on disputed East China Sea islands. Photo: AP

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe warned yesterday of the heightened security risk facing Japan because of "provocations" from Beijing as he inspected two small islets close to the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

18 Jul 2013 - 7:47am 4 comments

Japanese move to nationalise isles set to raise tension with China

A Chinese surveillance ship and Japanese ship sail near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on July 1. Photo: AP

Japan may nationalise hundreds of unclaimed islands off its coast in a bid to bolster its territorial claims, reports said, in a move that could complicate already simmering relations with China over existing maritime disputes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Diaoyus row threatens to turn Chinese wedding firm to marriage from hell

Dream Studio staff help a Chinese couple create the all-important wedding album during their stay on Okinawa. Couples typically spend between HK$10,000 and HK$20,000 on an Okinawa wedding package. Photo: SCMP

Okinawa a dream wedding setting for many Chinese, but Diaoyus friction threatens to turn a Sino-Japanese joint venture into a marriage from hell.

13 Jul 2013 - 9:37am